Reflections and Blessings

I can’t believe my first year of teaching is over. I am left feeling bittersweet – I’m going to miss so many people. It’s incredible how much God has blessed me during my time here. It was nothing I even expected. I still remember my feelings of disappointment and loneliness when I had first arrived…

Facing my Class

Going into my first year of teaching, I knew that it would be physically and mentally demanding. But what I hadn’t braced myself for was how emotionally demanding this profession would be as well. In the past nine months that I have been teaching, I have never before experienced such extremes in anger, frustration, desperation,…

A Letter to my Class

After talking with a couple teachers today, I felt really disheartened with the apathetic attitude and defiance of many students at school. I was even more saddened that this behaviour is beginning to spread to affect students that earlier in the year were very excited about learning. For some of my students, their attendance is…

Seating Plans are Awesome

The key is to be firm and consistent. I learned this the hard way. I implemented a seating plan at the beginning of the year for my junior high class and gradually, it diminished into students sitting on the counters and in their small circles of friends. They were happy that way, and I was…

A Popcorn in the Air Kind of Day

The first thing I thought of this morning as I entered my classroom was: As soon as I get home today, I am going to watch my tv shows, eat pasta, paint my nails, and go online shopping. These have become some of my greatest comforts after a long day, and I was anticipating a…

Teacher Tip #4: Discipline

My vice-principal sent out an e-mail to all the staff today to address the issue of discipline in our school. I think her words say it all: ______________________________________________________________________ There are lots of rules, but sometimes we are unsure of how to handle certain situations, like a student constantly arguing or challenging you in class. Our…